| Jun 11, 2014
| 2:46 PM
The energetic and charming Alessandro Pirozzi has opened yet another excellent restaurant, this one in Corona del Mar.
This is the fourth restaurant of his that I have reviewed, and by now he knows who I am. It has always been my policy to remain...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 12:30 PM
I was going to review a new restaurant that had just opened, or so it seemed when I Googled it. But on arrival I discovered that it wasn't opening for two more days, so my favorite dining companion and I wandered around and decided to try a restaurant...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 4:34 PM
Do the beach cities really need another pizza place? Well, if it happens to be Settebello, the answer is a great big "yes."
It recently opened in the Crystal Cove Shopping Center, transforming a couple of retail shops into a spacious and very attractive...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 8:50 PM
Surf's up: The Hang Ten warehouse sale is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 153 W. Orangethorpe Ave., Placentia. All clothes will be marked from $5 to $25, including tees and tanks, bottoms, jackets and board shorts....
| Aug 6, 2014
| 11:58 AM
Just swimmingly: Pop by the L*SPACE by Monica Wise swimwear w¿arehouse sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 2525 Pullman Ave., Santa Ana. Save up to 75% on women's trendy beach attire. Information: lspace.com....
| Jul 30, 2014
| 1:06 PM
Last Sunday, my husband and I went to brunch at a new restaurant called Oak Grill, in the Island Hotel on the outer circle of Fashion Island.
It was a glorious summer day and we dined al fresco on the new patio. Trees surround the large space, and...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 12:43 PM
Reefs Edge Grill calls itself "an urban grill with a gourmet flair."
The décor definitely reflects the current trend at almost every new dining spot, meaning repurposed wood, stone floors, hanging lights with exposed bulbs above the bar, gray walls, a...
| Sep 10, 2014
| 2:40 PM
My husband and I recently discovered a small bistro on Balboa Boulevard near the pier. The chef, Kevin Cahalan, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked for Bradley Ogden and Wolfgang Puck, among other chefs.
He and his fiancée,...
| Jul 17, 2012
| 12:14 PM
East 17th Street in Costa Mesa is raising the bar as a farm fresh food destination. The 2005 opening of Avanti Café has inspired other like-minded organic eateries and stores to move in.
Now we have Sprouts Farmers Market, Greenleaf, and the new Anais+...
| Dec 7, 2011
| 4:31 PM
Kappo Honda is primarily an izakaya restaurant, but it does have a sushi bar in a separate room. Izakaya traditionally is a very casual drinking establishment that also serves small plates. In the U.S., it has morphed into an actual style of restaurant....
| Dec 14, 2011
| 2:01 PM
Need reasons to wake up early?
Zimzala, a laid-back bar and eatery at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, just debuted a grab-and-go breakfast/coffee shop called Zim a Go Go. It is open from 6 to 11 a.m. and offers items like breakfast burritos,...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 2:04 PM
How can you get a reasonably priced meal at a very nice restaurant in these difficult economic times?
Many fine restaurants are offering pre-fixe dinners and early bird specials, but we have found a particularly delicious and extensive bar food menu at...